Author in the Room: Controlling Urban Epidemics of West Nile Virus Infection

October 2012 Author in the Room® Teleconference

Author: Robert W. Haley, MD
Summary Points:
  • Epidemics of West Nile viral disease have become a serious medical and public health challenge that will be with us for the foreseeable future.
  • Ultra-low volume (ULV) aerial spraying of urban areas, guided by surveillance of mosquito trap positivity and human cases, is necessary and cost-effective to prevent chronic neurologic disability and death.
  • Complete, accurate and timely diagnosis of West Nile viral disease in an epidemic is vitally important to spare patients needless prolonged antimicrobial therapy and build support for public health control measures.
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